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4 x 400 metres Relay, Men

Date30 – 31 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants64 from 16 countries

The US was favored but both Great Britain and Kenya were thought to be legitimate challengers. However, Kenya had joined the African boycott of the 1976 Olympics and was not present. In the heats Britain was eliminated when Alan Pascoe had the baton knocked from his hand by a Jamaican runner at the final exchange. This left the final almost a walkover for the Americans who won over Poland by almost three seconds. The 400/800 champion, Alberto Juantorena of Cuba, anchored their team but he did not have enough support and they finished seventh.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA2:59.52 (1 h1)2:58.65 (1)Gold
Herman FrazierBenny BrownFred NewhouseMaxie ParksEdwin Moses (DNS)James Robinson (DNS)
2PolandPOL3:03.03 (1 h2)3:01.43 (2)Silver
Ryszard PodlasJan WernerZbigniew JaremskiJerzy PietrzykHenryk Galant (DNS)Marian Gęsicki (DNS)
3West GermanyFRG3:03.24 (2 h1)3:01.98 (3)Bronze
Franz-Peter HofmeisterLothar KriegHarald SchmidBernd HerrmannKarl Honz (DNS)Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske (DNS)
4CanadaCAN3:03.89 (4 h1)3:02.64 (4)
Ian SealeDon DomanskyLeighton HopeBrian SaundersGlenn Bogue (DNS)Dacre Bowen (DNS)
5JamaicaJAM3:03.86 (3 h1)3:02.84 (5)
Leighton PriestleyDon QuarrieColin BradfordSeymour NewmanAlfred Daley (DNS)
6Trinidad and TobagoTTO3:03.54 (2 h2)3:03.46 (6)
Mike SolomonHorace TuittJoseph CoombsCharles JosephAinsley Armstrong (DNS)Hasely Crawford (DNS)
7CubaCUB3:05.19 (3 h2)3:03.81 (7)
Eddy GutiérrezDámaso AlfonsoCarlos ÁlvarezAlberto JuantorenaLeandro Civil (DNS)Carlos Noroña (DNS)
8FinlandFIN3:05.02 (5 h1)3:06.51 (8)
Hannu MäkeläOssi KarttunenStig LönnqvistMarkku KukkoahoMarkku Taskinen (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2FranceFRA3:05.48 (4 h2)
Hugues RogerRoger VélasquezFrancis KerbiriouHector LlatserPatrick Duvoir (DNS)Jean-Claude Nallet (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2AustraliaAUS3:05.75 (5 h2)
Max BinningtonPeter GrantDon HanlyRick MitchellChris Commons (DNS)Peter Fitzgerald (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2Puerto RicoPUR3:06.08 (6 h1)
Pedro FerrerIván MangualJulio FerrerJorge OrtizArnaldo Bristol (DNS)Antonio Colón (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2Soviet UnionURS3:07.72 (6 h2)
Dmitry StukalovVladimir PonomaryovViktor AnokhinYevgeny GavrilenkoViktor Myasnikov (DNS)
7 h1 r1/2Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKSA3:17.53 (7 h1)
Kamil Al-AbbasiHamed AliAhmed Al-AssiriHassan MasallamMohamed Ali Al-Malky (DNS)Mohammed Al-Mowaled (DNS)
7 h2 r1/2BarbadosBAR3:08.13 (7 h2)
Victor GoodingHarcourt WasonHamil GrimesOrlando GreenePearson Jordan (DNS)Pearson Trotman (DNS)
8 h2 r1/2Antigua and BarbudaANT3:09.66 (8 h2)
Cuthbert JacobsPaul RichardsElroy TurnerFred SowerbyConrad Mainwaring (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2Great BritainGBR– (AC h1)
Ainsley BennettGlen CohenDavid JenkinsAlan PascoePeter Hoffmann (DNS)Danny Laing (DNS)
DNSEthiopiaETH
Asfaw DebleAbera GetahunMulugetta TadesseShoangizaw Worku
DNSThe GambiaGAM
Bambo FattyCheikh Tidiane FayePierre JallowBakary JarjueSheriff Mboge
DNSGuyanaGUY
Rayfield BeatonDennis CollisonRobert McKenzieAubrey Wilson
DNSItalyITA
Pasqualino AbetiGiovanni BongiorniAlfonso Di GuidaPietro FarinaCarlo GrippoPietro Mennea
DNSKenyaKEN
Charles AsatiStephen ChepkwonyBill KoskeiTochi MochacheMike MureiWashington Njiri
DNSNigeriaNGR
Bruce IjirighwoFelix ImadiyiTaiwo OgundobiBen OmodialeRotimi PetersDele Udo
DNSChinese TaipeiTPE
Chen Chin-LongChen Ming-ChiTai Suh-JunTang Kuang-ChiaWang Jung-HuaYang Kuo-Hua
DNSUgandaUGA
John Akii-BuaSilver AyooPius OlowoPeter Rwamuhanda

Round One (30 July 1976 — 17:00)

Top three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1United StatesUSA2:59.52Q
Herman FrazierBenny BrownFred NewhouseMaxie Parks
2West GermanyFRG3:03.24Q
Franz-Peter HofmeisterLothar KriegHarald SchmidBernd Herrmann
3JamaicaJAM3:03.86Q
Leighton PriestleyDon QuarrieColin BradfordSeymour Newman
4CanadaCAN3:03.89q
Ian SealeDon DomanskyLeighton HopeBrian Saunders
5FinlandFIN3:05.02q
Ossi KarttunenMarkku KukkoahoStig LönnqvistHannu Mäkelä
6Puerto RicoPUR3:06.08
Pedro FerrerIván MangualJulio FerrerJorge Ortiz
7Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKSA3:17.53
Kamil Al-AbbasiHamed AliAhmed Al-AssiriHassan Masallam
ACGreat BritainGBRDNF
Ainsley BennettGlen CohenDavid JenkinsAlan Pascoe

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1PolandPOL3:03.03Q
Ryszard PodlasJan WernerZbigniew JaremskiJerzy Pietrzyk
2Trinidad and TobagoTTO3:03.54Q
Mike SolomonCharles JosephHorace TuittJoseph Coombs
3CubaCUB3:05.19Q
Eddy GutiérrezDámaso AlfonsoCarlos ÁlvarezAlberto Juantorena
4FranceFRA3:05.48
Hugues RogerRoger VélasquezFrancis KerbiriouHector Llatser
5AustraliaAUS3:05.75
Max BinningtonPeter GrantDon HanlyRick Mitchell
6Soviet UnionURS3:07.72
Dmitry StukalovVladimir PonomaryovViktor AnokhinYevgeny Gavrilenko
7BarbadosBAR3:08.13
Victor GoodingHarcourt WasonHamil GrimesOrlando Greene
8Antigua and BarbudaANT3:09.66
Cuthbert JacobsPaul RichardsElroy TurnerFred Sowerby

Final (31 July 1976 — 19:20)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)
1United StatesUSA2:58.65
926Herman Frazier45.345.3 (1)
912Benny Brown44.61:29.9 (1)
945Fred Newhouse43.82:13.7 (1)
947Maxie Parks45.02:58.7 (1)
2PolandPOL3:01.43
730Ryszard Podlas46.746.7 (7)
741Jan Werner44.01:30.7 (2)
713Zbigniew Jaremski45.52:16.2 (2)
729Jerzy Pietrzyk45.23:01.4 (2)
3West GermanyFRG3:01.98
421Franz-Peter Hofmeister46.046.0 (=2)
429Lothar Krieg45.31:31.3 (3)
439Harald Schmid45.82:17.1 (3)
419Bernd Herrmann44.93:02.0 (3)
4CanadaCAN3:02.64
171Ian Seale47.047.0 (8)
147Don Domansky45.31:32.3 (4)
155Leighton Hope45.52:17.8 (4)
170Brian Saunders44.83:02.6 (4)
5JamaicaJAM3:02.84
573Leighton Priestley46.446.4 (6)
574Don Quarrie46.31:32.7 (=6)
570Colin Bradford46.32:19.0 (6)
572Seymour Newman43.83:02.8 (5)
6Trinidad and TobagoTTO3:03.46
849Mike Solomon46.046.0 (=2)
851Horace Tuitt46.41:32.4 (5)
845Joseph Coombs46.22:18.6 (5)
848Charles Joseph45.93:04.5 (7)
7CubaCUB3:03.81
214Eddy Gutiérrez46.046.0 (=2)
203Dámaso Alfonso46.71:32.7 (=6)
204Carlos Álvarez46.42:19.1 (7)
217Alberto Juantorena44.73:03.8 (6)
8FinlandFIN3:06.51
290Hannu Mäkelä46.346.3 (5)
282Ossi Karttunen46.71:33.0 (8)
289Stig Lönnqvist46.92:19.9 (8)
283Markku Kukkoaho46.63:06.5 (8)